Category Archives: eBooks

Answers to 20 Common Ebook Publishing Questions on How to Get Started Self Publishing

There’s no doubt that self publishing is a big undertaking. After all, in traditional publishing, there may be as many as 13 departments! And that’s on top of the most important role–yours–the author.

So, I’ve gathered some of the common questions I get from participants in my online course, Publish and Sell Your Ebooks, to share the answers here.

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eBook Publishing Questions: Why and How Do You Format an Ebook?

Welcome to my new series of blog posts on ebook publishing. I’ve been teaching ebook publishing online for around a decade now, and have noticed a lot of common questions that I get in the first lesson or two of the course. 

Here’s a common one: I already have my book formatted the way I want and everyone says it looks very good. Why do I have to format it differently to make it into an ebook? 

 

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Publish & Sell Your Ebooks: Course Updates for 2020

The course, Publish and Sell Your E-Books, was launched in 2011, through libraries and community colleges around the world. In that time, it has helped thousands of authors get their first ebooks into ebookstores. Many authors, who have already published ebooks, join the course to learn more about the “sell” part of self publishing, and how to do a better job of marketing their ebooks. Continue reading Publish & Sell Your Ebooks: Course Updates for 2020

How to Read Free eBooks on Amazon

Whether you’re checking out the marketplace to publish your own books, or looking for great reads at a low price, knowing how to access and download the top 100 free ebooks on Amazon is important.

If you’re publishing your own ebooks, you may know that book sellers can’t actually list books for free or at $0.00 dollars in the Kindle store. However, publishers using KDP Select can decide to give their books away for free five days out each 90 day period. Continue reading How to Read Free eBooks on Amazon

What Ebook Category Increased Sales the Most During the Pandemic?

It’s no surprise that ebook sales have increased during the worldwide pandemic shut downs from mid-March to mid-May of 2020.  In response to closures, many e-retailers  stepped in to make sure readers had lots (even free) to choose from, including Apple (for iPhone and iPad), Scribd (digital library), Kobo, and even Sesame Street. Libraries that had to close their doors came up with various ways to make sure their e-collections could reach regular patrons and attract new ones. Continue reading What Ebook Category Increased Sales the Most During the Pandemic?